All through September, every DC issue on their main line is going to switch focus from heroes to villains. 52 one shots will take the place of the regular titles, each one telling a story with a different villain.
So far we’ve seen covers for Joker, Count Vertigo and Deadshot, all of which creep me the hell out because they’re 3D – as you can see in these pictures, which demonstrate the motion. This is apparently a new technology being unveiled especially for this promotion, as explained by Jim Lee:
It’s essentially artwork that’s been separated onto different layers, so when you hold the cover, which is a premium stock cover, and you slightly rotate the comic book left or right or up and down, the images move.
Which is interesting, and certainly helpful in getting attention on the shelf (which I still contend is one of the most important aspects of selling comics in the first place).
September will also see the launch of FOREVER EVIL, the first company-wide event crossover since the New 52 idea began. The event will be written by Geoff Johns and drawn by David Finch, and last seven issues.
Comic book pin-up Brian Truitt has full details on that over at USA Today, but it looks like the story will take place after the Trinity War crossover puts the three Justice League teams out of commission – leaving an opening for the villains of the DC Universe to take over.
Here’s the cover:
The story will cross into all kinds of other books, and three five-issue tie-in miniseries will also launch:
Forever Evil: Rogues by Brian Buccellato and Patrick Zircher, focusing on The Flash’s enemies.
Forever Evil: Arkham War by Peter Tomasi and Scot Eaton, focusing on Batman’s enemies.
Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. by Matt Kindt, dealing with the sinister Government agency.